But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion - Ecclesiastes 9:4 ESV
I’m not a big fan of watching television (aside from sports). There are times that I will tune in to a show because I’ve heard family or friends mention it.
One such show was “The Walking Dead”. My oldest son had mentioned it, so I decided to watch it. It focuses on a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies and the uninfected people trying to survive.
After watching a few episodes (I’m going back to sports and reading books), I was amazed at the parallels between the show and the condition of men in our society.
The zombies were humans infected by viruses, bacteria or other phenomena that reduce their mental capacity. This caused them to behave in a very primitive and destructive fashion.
There are many of us men that are “walking dead.” We have given up hope that we will never be all that God has designed us to be. They have long decided that life has passed them by.
I have seen this zombie like condition of men in the workplace, at home, and in the church. The sad thing is that this condition is being passed down to the next generation. We are literally and figuratively infecting our children and spouses.
What has caused us to degenerate into a state that we are merely existing in a human body? What can be done to change it?
As the leader of our families, it is incumbent upon us to find the antidote to this malady. Where do we find the answer?
Look at the scripture quoted above. In it, Solomon talks about the hope that the living has. In essence, as long as you are living, you still have the opportunity to live with purpose. You have the chance to live a life that’s relevant. You can still have a positive impact on the next generation.
Solomon goes on to state the advantage of living by comparing the existence of a living dog to that of a dead lion. To the Hebrews, the life of a dog was contemptible in contrast to that of a lion.
In Solomon’s eyes, it is better to be living as a dog and have the ability to still make a contribution to society than to be a dead lion.
My brothers, think about this. You have within you to make contributions (no matter how large or small) as long as you are living. There is still hope!
Start small. A small living spark can produce a flame. The mighty Mississippi river started as a small brook. Small contributions lead to big things.
A life lived with hope is far better that one lived with uncertainty. Let’s resolve to snap out of the zombie like state that has infected a large number of us.
Tap into the hope that is available to all of us that believe in the power of Jesus Christ. If you don’t know where to start, reach out to someone that you respect or contact me through the website or email.
Please let me know the impact of this message and comment below.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.